“Life has been tough. The day I found out I was pregnant [again] was one of the darkest days of my life. I was already struggling to support the family” confesses Bizuayehu, a 35-year-old mother of two. “When the doctors handed me my baby, I cried because he was tiny. I didn’t think that he would live through the day. I was very sad because even if he survived I had no money to take care of him,” says Bizuayehu. She was desperate for any kind of assistance.
“I cried every day. I asked God why He gave me a baby when He was going to take him away from me…” Four months passed while Bizuayehu tried desperately to sustain the life of her newborn son, Ye’absera, until she learned her church was helping children and families through their Child Survival Program (CSP). Following her first visit, the program lead at the church shared “When Bizuayehu brought her son to us, we just couldn’t believe the severity of his condition. He was critically malnourished. We immediately bought cow’s milk and took him to the medical center to assess his condition. We followed up on him regularly.”
Miraculously, Ye’absera started to gain weight shortly after joining the program, showing remarkable improvement and surprising many people who thought he would not live another day. “My neighbors, who used to come daily to check on how he is doing, always praise God for sparing my baby’s life through CSP. My baby eats nutritious food and drinks milk every day. He has gained so much weight and I am amazed to see how well he is doing. It’s like seeing another child.”
In addition to the support Ye’absera is receiving, Bizuayehu is also getting training, hygienic materials, and social support from the center. She comes to the center once a week to fellowship with other mothers and children and to learn the Bible as well as how to care and provide well for her children. “The benefits my son and I are getting are beyond my expectation. Every time I go to the center, I’m reminded of the love of God for me and my family. If it were not for the CSP, my child wouldn’t have lived until now. But God is good.”
Learn more about how you can help children like Ye'absera through the Child Survival Program